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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (308 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Wise Bauer Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the schism between Rome and Constantinople to the rise of the T’ang Dynasty, from the birth of Muhammad to the crowning of Charlemagne, this erudite book tells the fascinating, often violent story of kings, generals, and the peoples they ruled.

In her earlier work, The History of the Ancient World, Susan Wise Bauer wrote of the rise of kingship based on might. But in the years between the fourth and the twelfth centuries, rulers had to find new justification for their power, and they turned to divine truth or grace to justify political and military action. Right thus replaces might as the engine of empire.

Not just Christianity and Islam but the religions of the Persians, Germans, and even Buddhism are pressed into the service of the state. This phenomenon—stretching from the Americas all the way to Japan—changes both religion and the state.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Clint | 2/16/2014

    " History repeating itself again and again... well told! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lachinchon | 2/14/2014

    " Rate this 3 1/2 stars. Given its global and near millennial scope, it has to be somewhat superficial, which is not a criticism but an observation. Do not read this for an in-depth account of a more parochial event, person, or people. I found it helpful to put in chronological context the near- and far Eastern empires with the more familiar European and Byzantine histories. I also appreciated the plentiful maps. The two chapters on North and MezoAmerican cultures were basically throwaways, and unless I missed a paragraph or two, the Incas didn't make the cut. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Yahaira | 2/8/2014

    " I'll have to keep going back to this book. I wasn't able to finish it. What I did read, I loved! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ginger | 1/29/2014

    " I've been waiting for this book to come out for 2 years. I loved the first one in the series. This one didn't let me down and may even be better than Vol. 1. "

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About the Author
Author Susan Wise Bauer

Susan Wise Bauer is the bestselling author of the Story of the World series for elementary students, The Well-Educated Mind, and The History of the Ancient World and coauthor of The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home. She is a faculty member in English at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where she teaches writing and literature.